X-Message-Number: 10691
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 21:59:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Virus Alert

Please spread virus announcements only if:

* The source is reputable.
* The source is specific.  (Who at "Microsoft" was this warning
  originally from?)
* You have confirmed them directly with their source, preferably
  by phone.
* There's a time limit on the warning, so that it won't keep
  being spread months or years from now.
* You're sending to a list or newsgroup for which the warning
  is on topic.  Cryonet is not such a list.

Besides, it doesn't make any sense to say that looking at an e-mail
can erase one's hard drive.  Only running a program can ever do that,
not just looking at something.

NEVER EVER "Forward [a] letter out to as many people as you can,"
regardless of the topic.  If everyone sends such a letter to just ten
people, and waits a day before doing it, in just ten days there will
be ten billion copies of the letter clogging mailboxes.  More copies
than there are people in the world.  And there's nothing to prevent
any one person from getting dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of
identical copies of the same chain letter.

I have in fact received several TENS OF THOUSANDS of chain letters in
the past two years.  This costs me time and money, and has prevented
me from doing many useful things such as updating the indexing of the
Cryonet archives.

Doesn't your ISP's acceptable usage policy prohibit the sending of
chain letters?

Please, please, either grow a brain or get off the net.  Thank you.

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